Lego is a global brand that is popular to children and adults alike. The toy that is being put together traces its roots from Denmark and has made its way all over the world for over 80 years. Now, the Lego brick builds not just a small house but a whole theme park! And it is so popular that it has built a Legoland in Malaysia.
So, taking advantage of its proximity from Singapore, we allotted a day for an excursion to Legoland Malaysia.
While at Singapore, we went to the Golden Mile Complex by taking the MRT to Nicoll Highway. As we got there, we were amazed to find a lot of Thai shops in the building, including a religious shrine for Buddhists. In one of the offices we found Transtar Travel which provides travel packages to Legoland Malaysia. A one-day ticket costs MYR 120-140 (USD 38-44) and we got our tickets at SGD 66 (MYR 165 or USD 52) that has a Legoland ticket plus a round trip bus ride from Singapore to Johor, Malaysia and back.
The trip took for over an hour going to Jurong, the western part of Singapore towards Malaysia. Just a note when you get to immigration, photographs are not allowed and bring all your stuff with you when you enter the immigration office. When going back and if you’re not a Singapore resident, ask from your immigration officer for the immigration card.
The Theme Park
Legoland Malaysia was opened only in September 2012. It’s fairly new and more construction works are still in the process, including a hotel. There aren’t any trees to offer shade that can make the temperature inside the park cooler. Others bring an umbrella to ward off the sun’s heat.
From the park’s entrance, you’ll already find a number of Lego formations, such as a boy trying to climb the entrance railing and a plumber carrying a toilet bowl. It’s amazing how they did all those things.
My favorite is the Miniland which features KLIA, complete with sounds of planes, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Port Tanjung Pelepas – places in Malaysia. It also features its Asian neighbors, such as Singapore, India, Myanmar, China, Laos, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
The structures looked familiar as I have visited most of them – the Petronas Tower, the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, the Merlion in Singapore, Forbidden Palace and Great Wall in China, the Patuxai in Vientiane, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
The Philippines featured Bolinao, complete with a fishing village, the Church of St. James the Great, and lighthouse.
The details are really amazing. There are sounds and moving cars and boats that make the Miniland even more interesting. Some of the attractions in the park were constructed for about two years.
After having lunch at the Market Restaurant, we boarded the colorful train at the Legoland Express which took us around the Miniland.
The towering castles at the Lego Kingdoms piqued our interest. It was like a real fortress and as we explored the castle, we hopped on to another ride which took us to different rooms with wonderful Lego figures. As we neared the head of the dragon, the train dipped and voila! We were on a roller coaster! It was unexpected but we had fun. Otherwise, we wouldn’t dare to take a roller coaster ride.
At the Imagination area, we took the observation tower which gave us a 360-degree view of the entire park. But we had the most fun at the Land of Adventure. There we took the Lost Kingdom adventure where we played with laser lights while taking a tram ride.
Before we knew it the day was almost over and we were en route back to Singapore. Now, I appreciate the Lego toys even better. It’s a good way to develop everyone’s creativity, especially those of little children.
For more photos, visit my Legoland album in my Facebook page. All photos here are taken by the author.